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Mar 05, 2012 18:36
Category: Religious News

Colo. Church Moves Toward Leaving Denomination

     COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - The 4,000-member First
Presbyterian Church of Colorado Springs has taken another step
toward leaving its denomination.
     KRDO-TV reports that 80 percent of the congregation voted on
Sunday to proceed with efforts to leave the Presbyterian Church
(USA).
     Senior Pastor Jim Singleton cited disagreements with the
denomination's direction, including a decision last year to allow
the ordination of gay and lesbian clergy in committed
relationships. Church leaders are expected to vote this summer on
whether to allow ministers to officiate at same-sex weddings.
     The First Presbyterian Church is one of the largest in the
country to belong to the Presbyterian Church (USA). The Gazette
newspaper reports it may seek to join the conservative Evangelical
Covenant Order of Presbyterians.
     Sunday's "non-technical" vote by the congregation is expected
to be followed by an official vote.